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5555 Concord Parkway S.
Concord, NC 28027

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Lowes Motor Speedway has great tailgating because they are in the heart of one of the best BBQ regions of the United States. In North Carolina pork rules supreme as well as vinegar and tomato based BBQ sauces. There is free parking surrounding Lowe's Motor Speedway. You can find maps of the parking lots on the official site. It is always suggested to arrive early as things typically take longer than you think. It also gives you time to relax and tailgate like a big dog.


North Carolinians like a good time as much as the next guy, maybe a bit more. There is plenty o camping on the track property and shuttle transportation is provided. There are also daily shuttles tot he shower houses. Please be respectful and knowledgable of the rules pertaining to tailgating at Lowe's Motoer Speedway. Also it is always a good idea to put a little star on the parking lot map so you can find your way back. If you are a NASCAR fan and frequent track they have similar rules. You are permitted to bring a cooler that is no larger than 14 inches by 14 inches by 14 inches. You can also bring in alcoholic beverages as long as it is in a can and before the first hour of the race starting. You CAN NOT bring in glass bottles. Here is a short list of other things you need to leave in your vehicle;

  • No umbrellas
  • No Strollers in the grandstand arewa
  • No bags or backpacks largwer than 14 inches
  • No pets except service animals for patrons with disabilities
  • No weapons
  • No skateboards, roller skayes or scooters
  • No bicycles or mopeds
  • No beach balls or balloons
  • No signs or banners
  • No horns, whistles or other loud items
  • No stadium seats with arm rests


  • Your Tickets
  • Local, track and parking lot map
  • Grill
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Charcoal or gas
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Food/Drinks
  • Napkins
  • Serving Utensils
  • Plates/Utensils
  • Radio
  • Garbage Bags
  • Umbrella, poncho,hat
  • Something to sit on


Pork (BBQ'd, sauced, pulled), Iced Tea (sweet). East North Carolina usually eats a vinegar based BBQ sauce and as you go west North Carolinians tend to lean towards a tomato based BBQ sauce. Calabash, grits and sweet potatoes are also common place. Krisy Kreme donuts, Mt Olive Pickles and Pesi are all native to North Carolina.


Seats: 165,000
Track: 1.5 mile quad-oval
Turns: Banked 24 degrees
Straightaways: Banked 5 degrees
Length of frontstretch 1,980 feet
Length of backstretch: 1,500 feet

Lowe's Motor Speedway

Lowe's Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is located in Concord, North Carolina, north of Charlotte. Constructed in 1959, in 1992 it was the first speedway to host nighttime superspeedway racing. Charlotte Motor Speedway also offers year-round residences, since 1984, with 52 condominiums available over turn one. It is owned by Motorsports, which has its corporate headquarters on the same property. The speedway is considered the home base of NASCAR, with 90% of NASCAR teams being based within 50 miles of the facility.


1959: Lowe's Motor Speedway was designed and built by current chairman O. Bruton Smith. Smith's business partner was Curtis Turner, one of racing's earlienst stars. At the time, Oakboro, N.C. native, Smith was an automobile dealer and short-track stock car racing promoter at the Concord Motor Speedway and the Charlotte N.C. Fairgrounds. Turner, a Virginian became one of the first drivers on the NASCAR circuit after the sanctioning body debuted in 1949.

1961: Charlotte Mtor Speedway fell into Chapter 11 reorganization, like many other tracks in the time, from which it eventually survived despite low number ticket sales. Mr. O. Bruton Smith left the speedway in in 1962 to pursue business interests in Texas and Illinos.

1975: O. Bruton Smith became quite successful and had purchased shares of stock in Lowe's Motor Speedway. By 1975 Smith had again become the majority stockholder in the speedway, regaining control of its day-to-day operations. In the following years, Smith demonstrated his commitment to customer satisfaction, building a facility that continuously established new industry standards. Thousands of grandstand seats and luxury suites were built. Food concessions and restroom facilities were added and modernized to increase the comfort of race fans. Smith Tower, a 135,000-square-foot, seven-story facility connected to the speedway's grandstands, was erected and opened in 1988. The building houses the speedway's corporate offices, ticket office, souvenir gift shop, leased office space and The Speedway Club, an exclusive dining and entertainment facility.

1983: Stroker Ace, starring Burt Reynolds, was filmed at the Speedway.

1984: Under the direction of O. Bruton Smith, Lowe's Motor Speedway became the only sports facility in America to offer year-round living accommodations when it built 40 condominiums high above turn one. Twelve additional condominium units were added in 1991.

1990: Days of Thunder, starring Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall and Nicole Kidman, was filmed at Charlotte Motoer Speedway.

1992: A new lighting system was installed, allowing Lowe's Motor Speedway to be the first modern superspeedway to host night auto racing. This $1.7 million, 1,200-fixture permanent lighting system developed by MUSCO Lighting of Oskaloosa, Iowa was a revolutionary lighting process which uses mirrors to simulate daylight without glare or shadows.

1994: The new $1 million, 20,000-square-foot Sprint Cup garage area was added.

1999: Lowe's bought the naming rights to the speedway, making it the first race track in the country with a corporate sponsor.

2000: The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway was completed. A four-tenths-mile clay oval. The 14,000 seat stadium-style facility hosts Dirt Late Models, Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Monster Trucks and the prestigious World of Outlaws World Finals.

Lowe's Motor Speedway is used more than 300 days per year as it hosta events, car shows, swap meets and fairs as well as its sheduled races.

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